31 Aug 2021
Nizar Mahrous nearly certified for the World Cup as a participant
Hoping to attain Syria’s long-cherished dream as a coach
Talks about their probabilities within the Asian qualifiers and the sport with IR Iran
Nizar Mahrous was solely 22 when he performed within the Asian qualifiers for the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™. He helped Syria attain the ultimate stage of that preliminary competitors just for a 3-1 defeat to Iraq of their closing match to squash their dream of a debut look on the international finals.
Right now, greater than 35 years on, Mahrous is again with the Qasioun Eagles, having been appointed nationwide workforce coach previous to the third spherical of the AFC Asian qualifying competitors for Qatar 2022. Forward lies a chance to make up for that disappointment all these years in the past and fulfil the nation’s long-awaited dream of reaching the large stage.
In an unique interview with FIFA.com, Mahrous recalled that loss to Iraq and stated it’ll spur him on in his new position in control of the nationwide aspect.
“As a participant I made all of it the best way to the final match of the qualifiers,” he stated. “It motivates me to do what I used to be unable to attain a very long time in the past. I’m optimistic as a result of now we have a mixture of high quality native and overseas-based gamers, and I hope that we’ll obtain our goal this time.”
Mahrous is in his third stint on the helm of the Syrian nationwide workforce, after temporary spells in 2004 and 2011. He described that almost all latest tenure as one of the best thus far on account of the time he was in a position to spend with the workforce.
“My 2004 keep solely lasted per week because it was for one match solely,” he defined. “My expertise in 2011 was particular as a result of we had loads of preparation time. We performed some friendlies towards large groups and the squad had high quality gamers on the time.”
The 58-year-old coach added: “This spell is completely different as a result of we haven’t had a lot time collectively earlier than the qualifiers, although we’re optimistic. We hope issues will go our means, and if we will handle to get a settled squad, we’ll have the solidity we have to push for qualification.”
Mahrous faces a tricky activity, with Syria drawn right into a Group A containing Korea Republic, IR Iran, UAE, Iraq, and Lebanon, a piece described by the veteran coach as each “simple and hard” on the identical time.
Requested about his aspect’s probabilities, he stated: “There’s not a lot between the groups and we’re in with an opportunity, particularly if now we have a settled squad. We hope we will establish the line-up that may make us aggressive at this important stage of the qualifiers.
“We’re in with 4 of our neighbours, which is a double-edged sword as a result of these groups know one another very effectively. They’ll be robust video games. There are some delicate points across the fixtures and the groups are carefully matched. It’s the main points that may make the distinction.”